As with any Open bracket tournament, shocks and surprises are easy to come by. The Boston Open was no different.
From incredible runs deep into the bracket to early exits, there’s plenty to gloss over when it comes to breaking down what happened in the North East.
Boston Academy are, in fact, incredible
For as much as Doug “Censor” Martin has become a meme in the Call of Duty community, there is something to be said about how incredible his rise has been through the second half of the season in Challengers has been.
As part of Boston’s incredible run through to Championship Sunday, Censor was on his a-game, especially on Saturday.
At one point against James “Clayster” Eubanks and co, he stayed alive for over three minutes on Berlin Hardpoint. That was in a map that if his team lost, they were going to be eliminated.
Sunday’s action may not have gone the way that the Boston Academy team will have wanted it to go, but they put in an incredible effort to get to the position that they finished.
They out-performed their seeding by 12 places, which is right up there with the best seed-to-placing ratios in the tournament.
The entire team, with Dan “Ghosty” Rothe, Kyle “Volants” and Sean “Seany” O’Connor, are playing some unbelievable Call of Duty as a team right now and their team togetherness is one of the reasons that things really come together on LAN for them.
They’ve laid down a marker for the Last Chance Qualifier coming up and will undoubtedly be one of the favourite teams to make it through to Champs.
Now, this team on paper should not be a surprise to have finished T16. The roster boasts some of the best players in Europe under the South African banner, Nixuh.
But it was the fashion in which they managed to make it to T16 that really made people stand up and take notice of them.
The roster of Gabe “Aroma” Hamshaw, Luke “Snakee” Sellwood, Shaun “Shaun” Sahota and Piotr “Runner” managed to take down the American team Trash Bros  in order get themselves into T16.
They beat Mock, Wrecks, Jintroid and Hollow in order to do so – a team that has been really making a mark in the NA Challengers scene this season.
Nixuh now have to back up that incredible LAN placement online as part of the Champs LCQ.
Yeez and co. place T48
LAN events and big Open brackets like these always seem to throw up at least one really big shock result.
In Boston, that shock was the early exit of the Empyre roster.
Christian “Yeez” Faircloth, John “Xotic” Bruno, Justin “Silly” Fargo, Luis “Fire” Rivera all placed T48 at the event. It’s a disappointing result for a team that had world championship pedigree.
The team will now miss out on a place in the LCQ for Champs because of the result. They needed to have a far better outing if they were to stand any chance of making it into the bracket.
It’s another team that definitely deserves to be in the mix for Champs though and another reason that the format is coming under so much criticism.
Rokkr to play LCQs
With Rokkr Academy’s consistently poor performances on LAN this year, they’ve been left in a position where they now have to play in the LCQ tournament to secure their place at Champs in August.
If rosterlock for Champs was prior to the Boston event, then they would now qualify.
Seeing as this wasn’t the case, a new, undisclosed super team has now formed in the NA region. They have come together in order to send Rokkr to the LCQ. They know that, combined, they have enough points to secure that fourth spot.
One team will earn a place at Champs from all four regions of Challengers play, including LATAM and APAC.
Challengers Champs is August 4-7. It will be held in Los Angeles.
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